Is Gluten-Free the Answer? Choose Ancient Einkorn for Better Health!
Our family's journey to natural health began over 15 years ago with our son's food sensitivities, from nuts and shellfish to wheat and dairy.
On our quest to isolate the root cause, we discovered an alarming pattern ... all around us there were more children with food sensitivities. This was certainly different than our recollection of life growing up with our parents' and our grandparents' generation.
What happened to our environment to provoke this change?
Once our family learned to replace processed foods with fresh and wholesome foods and made our best effort to eliminate discernible allergens (cheating once in a while and paying wildly for it), we noticed our health improved significantly and we experienced more energy and greater vitality.
In support of our son's elimination diet, we searched far and wide for gluten-free bread since our son, like so many people we know, loves bread.
Back then, the gluten-free bread available in stores tasted like cardboard and was so fragile it would break into crumbs even if you looked at it for too long. While they helped to mitigate allergy symptoms, this gluten-free bread was not entirely satisfying.
As foodies, we took up the challenge to preserve the amazing tastes and textures of food we love from diverse cultures while we explored the creation of nutritious and delicious recipes using authentic and wholesome ingredients.
A few years ago, we read the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. Dr. Davis talked about how he and many of his patients regained their health by staying away from wheat. He talked about the problem with today's hybridized wheat and how he was able to tolerate an ancient wheat with low gluten called einkorn. This raised our curiosity and led us on a search to learn more about einkorn.
We were delighted to find Young Living visionary founder Gary Young has been embarking on a similar search over the past 10 years.
In his book "Ancient Einkorn, Today's Staff of Life", Gary talked about one of his many trips to Hunza to learn why these people consistently have longer life and to find more essential oils. He frequently saw a tall wheat similar to what he knew growing up on a farm as a child.
Over time, at the Young Living Farm in France, Gary Young encouraged his farm manager Jean-Noel to start planting non-hybridized einkorn seeds and then having them harvesting in the old fashioned way by letting the cut stalks stand in the fields for 7 to 10 days to allow the germination process to start before threshing.
What we learned is there is a huge difference between the ancient einkorn and today's modern wheat. The problem with today's modern wheat is that it is hybridized.
The original and ancient einkorn wheat from over 3000 years ago has 1 genome and 14 chromosomes and typically grows to a height of 4-5 feet with hair-like tassels that wave when the wind blows.
To increase yield, scientists look to hybridization of "new" wheat to make the harvest easier and faster and reduce the cost to the farmer. Hybridization led to new varieties of wheat with 28 chromosomes and eventually to today's "dwarf wheat" with 42 chromosomes, engineered to grow between 14 and 16 inches high with short, thicker stalks to support the heavier grain heads with double the number of kernels.
The consequences of altering Mother Nature's wheat were not taken into consideration. The wheat is cut and threshed immediately, leaving no time to go through the maturing stage to germinate and develop the enzymatic activity for digestion. Wheat became difficult to digest and start to create a whole host of problems.
Hybridized wheat with 42 chromosomes and 3 genomes (A, B and D) created different genetic codes for new proteins, with the D genome creating the source of gluten-triggered responses.
Sooo ... the problem is not with gluten itself but with hybridized gluten!
Modern wheat has 3 main issues affecting our health:
It contains a Super Starch called amylopectin that is super fattening.
It contains a form of Super Gluten that is super inflammatory.
It contains a form of Super Drug that is super-addictive and makes you crave and eat more.
Scientists who have been studying einkorn for years say eating non-hybridized einkorn grain means that we are eating non-hybridized gluten. Einkorn is easier to digest, contains vitamins, minerals and proteins that are important to our health and is probably the most preferred grain to eat.
We love how Young Living adheres to the same Seed to Seal diligence with its cultivation of ancient einkorn as with its production of `100% pure essential oils.
Thanks to Young Living, we now have access to Einkorn Flour, Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix and Einkorn Spaghetti to create our delicious and nutritious recipes.
Essential oils transformed my life in ways I could not have imagined!
Today I'm grateful for the freedom to live life on my own terms as a wellness entrepreneur, easily enraptured by aromatic walks through lavender fields, the comaraderie of essential oils leaders on river rafting adventures, and the unforgettable grandeur of Irish castles and the bewitching Cliffs of Moher as unexpected prize winners on our first Young Living incentive trip.
Who could have predicted the traumatic pregnancy and premature delivery of a highly sensitive child 23 years ago would guide me to a path of wellness, purpose and abundance sharing essential oils with the world?
I am grateful for the health challenges which were in truth "blessings in disguise" to help hone my intuition and awaken my sense of purpose.
Pure essential oils provided the key to restoring not only our family's physical and emotional health but also our connection with the divine.
Here's my secret sauce for Abundance* and Joy*:
Create an opening for Transformation*, Believe* in yourself, Live With Passion*, Magnify Your Purpose*,and Build Your Dream*!!!
Let's embrace the attitude of Gratitude* as our magical gift (there's an oil for that) and be ready for miracles!
Angela Shim, Core Vitality Coach
in response to a prompt by friend and writing coach Jenny McKaig who challenged us to participate in a Gratitude Blog Contest http://www.jennymckaig.com
Abundance, Joy Transformation, Believe, Live With Passion, Magnify Your Purpose, Build Your Dream and Gratitude are all Young Living essential oil blend I love to use to keep me ON PURPOSE!
Here are two of our favorites for summer entertaining ...
NingXia Red Sangria
1 orange sliced
1 lemon sliced
½ cup raspberries
2/3 cup NingXia Red
2 cups of kumbucha or NingXia Zyng
2 1/3 cup water
2 tbsp NingXia Berry Syrup
2 drops of Young Living Ginger Vitality essential oil
1 cup ice
Put all ingredients into pitcher, stir well, and serve.
2 cups of raw nuts (almonds, pecans, etc.)
3 tbsp. NingXia Berry Syrup
2 tbsp. sesame seeds
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until syrup and sesame are well blended.
If you have a dehydrator, dehydrate nuts at 116 – 118 degrees until nuts are crunchy. If you are using a regular oven, set oven at lowest setting, crack open door if necessary, and roast until nuts are crunchy.
Support Your Emotional Well Being with Pure Essential Oils
We appreciate Dr. David Stewart PhD sharing this invaluable article "Applying the Feelings Kit in Your Daily Life" inThe Raindrop Messenger monthly newsletter, Volume 6, Number 5, September - October 2008.
(Based primarily on notes taken on Gary Young’s talk September 19, 2008, at the first Young Living European Convention, Vienna, Austria)
It has been said that when there is a conflict between reason and feeling, human beings will always side with feeling. According to Gary Young, “99% of life’s decisions are made from feelings.”Therefore, if you want your life to be guided by good decisions that lead to health, happiness, and fulfillment, you need to be aware of and in control of your present feelings and to learn how to release the repressed emotions of the past.
Most of our feelings from day to day are not responses to current happenings. They originate from the programming in cellular memory that was imprinted by the emotional experiences of our past that we were unable to understand, process, and resolve at the time.
These forgotten traumatic experiences function as live programming in our bodies, affecting every aspect of our lives and particularly in the area of how we make decisions. When our thoughts are limited by fears, lack of self-worth, and not feeling good enough for more or better, we make decisions that limit our success. Limited thinking leads to limited decisions that lead to a limited life far short of the God-given potential we actually possess.
By focusing on fixing your feelings, you can fix most aspects of your life--physical, mental, and spiritual. Essential oils are perfect vehicles to help you in this task because their molecules pass directly to the emotional brain and can bring us into contact with the issues we have long forgotten and enable us to deal with them and resolve them once and for all. When we clear our emotional baggage, we clear the way to manifest our true and highest potential.
According to Gary Young, “Thought equals frequency. Essential oils absorb our thoughts. They are registered in the oils as intent. Intent is directed energy. When you apply an intent-energized oil on your feet they can saturate all of your cells within 60 seconds, stimulating creative thinking and pushing negative energy out of the cells, thus increasing the frequencies of the cells throughout the body. In that uplifted state you can create a new desire to be better tomorrow. You have no limitations but those you choose to accept.”
Gary says, “Use the Feelings Kit. Apply feeling oils before work and every night before bed. Do this for 30 days and you will change your life.”
The Feelings Kit, which was out of stock for some time, is available again in a modified version. It contains six oil blends: Valor, Harmony, Forgiveness, Release, Present Time, and Inner Child. Here is how Gary instructed us to use them at the Vienna Convention:
Put Valor Oil on the soles of both feet at nighttime along with Highest Potential Blend. These blends are effective to erase limited thinking. Valor balances and equalizes the body’s energies thereby increasing oxygen intake to the pineal gland—the seat of our higher intelligence and intuitive faculties. You will wake up in the morning more self assured and more alive to start the day.
Massage one drop of Harmony Oil on each of the energy center points of your body. There are seven of them along the spine: Coccyx, Sacrum, Lumbar, Dorsal (heart), Cervical (where neck meets shoulders), and Medulla (hollow place at center base of skull), and Pineal (center of forehead). You can also massage Harmony on the crown of the head. Harmony balances the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems which, in turn, gives us progressive creativity and feelings of confidence. “The biggest sin is not having confidence in yourself,” says Gary, “He who lacks confidence lacks life.”
Apply Forgiveness Oil around the navel with the right hand going clockwise several times and think of situations where you need to forgive yourself or others. We beat up on ourselves, but everyone makes mistakes. Yet we struggle to forgive our own mistakes and those of others. Unforgiveness is one of the most common roots of physical, mental, and spiritual disease. Unforgiveness does not make the offending party sick. It makes us sick. Forgiveness is for our own benefit. It is accomplished in five steps. (1) Forgive yourself for allowing the person to affect your health and happiness. (2) Forgive the other person for any harm he or she may have caused you. (This need not be done directly with the person being forgiven, but is an inner adjustment on your part.) (3) Give the other person permission to forgive you. (4) See the good in the situation. (5) Be thankful for the experience and the lesson it taught you. Inhale and apply Forgiveness Oil while going through these steps and repeat as often as necessary toclear the feelings of unforgiveness.
Negative energy goes into the blood and then into the liver for cleansing where the toxins can remain trapped. Thus, the liver becomes a storage place for anger, resentment, bitterness, hatred, jealousy, envy, addictions, and a host of destructive feelings. Apply a few drops of Release Oil on your tongue to release the poisons of stored emotions from the liver. Rub Release over the liver area. Drink lots of pure water and do a liver cleanse.
When we live in the past or dwell on the future, we are not being productive in the present. Energize three drops of Present Time by making clockwise circles on the oil in the palm of your hand and then apply it to your thymus (the gland just under your sternum or breastbone). Besides keeping you focused on the tasks of today, this can also help you financially by increasing your abundance consciousness in the present.
Inner Child “When you are a child all things are possible. There are no limitations,” says Gary Young. “When you find your inner child, you have found your true self. The child in you is your creativity.” Apply one drop of Inner Child onto the pad of your thumb and then place your thumb onto the roof of your mouth. This opens the cranial sutures and stimulates the pineal, pituitary, and other organs of the emotional brain that occupy the space just above the roof of your mouth. Walking backwards while you have your thumb in your mouth looks stupid but it changes the rotation in the pelvis, elongating the spine, and decompressing the discs in your back. Thus, you can clear the nerve channels for energy to flow smoothly throughout your brain and body.
In conclusion, Gary said, “Use the Feelings Kit morning and night for 30 days. You will feel enthusiastic. Your life will be full of excitement. And people will be drawn to you like a magnet.”
(NOTE: The Feelings Kit is available from Young Living Essential Oils as Item #3125.)